Fife Rural Skills Partnership was formed in 2013 to promote and support the development of a skilled workforce to care, manage and make sustainable use of Fife’s woodland, farmland and rural landscape.
Our partnership brings together a range of charities and other not for profits involved in projects that draw on or develop rural skills.
Our partnership includes the following organisations:
Cambo Heritage Trust
Formed in 1998 Cambo Heritage Trust, based at Cambo Estate near St Andrews, provides learning, training and volunteering opportunities in environment, heritage, arts, culture and horticulture using the resources of the estate.
A wide range of activities and outreach has been developed over many years originally providing horticultural and rural skills training but now greatly diversified and encompassing involvement from people of all ages and abilities encouraging them to try new activities, learn skills, gain confidence and find new direction and employment.
Contact us to find out more. Telephone 01333 451040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Stewardship
The Centre for Stewardship is based at Falkland. We are stewards of a living, learning, working landscape that reaches from the summit of East Lomond to the fertile farmland of the Howe of Fife.
We provide opportunities for people to tend the land, reflect on their practice and celebrate the cultural fabric of communities. We provide training in rural skills, a new farmer scheme and enjoy working in partnerships with others for the common good of the land and of people. We run events and learning programmes in: sustainable land use; natural and cultural heritage; food, wood & craft practice. To find out more contact us at email@example.com.
The Ecology Centre is an established provider of environmental education, volunteers opportunities and training placements. We are based by Kinghorn Loch and have an extensive, diverse site that we manage.
Experiences can be offered in environmental education, conservation and grounds maintenance. Further information can be found on our website. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us on 01592 891567 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
We are a local independent charity dedicated to giving everyone the opportunity to experience Fife’s wonderful coast and countryside including many of the Kingdom’s most important wildlife sites.
We manage over a number of sites and path networks throughout Fife including the Fife Coastal Path, the Lomond Hills Regional Park, local nature reserves and other sites which are important for recreation and conservation.
Kingdom Housing Association
The Kingdom Group provides a wide range of Housing, Care & Community Initiatives in East Central Scotland.
There are two employers in the Group – Kingdom Housing Association (KHA) and Kingdom Support & Care (KSC). We deliver our Housing and Community Initiatives through KHA and our Care service through KSC.
Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) is the third sector interface for the Fife Council area.
We are an independent charity that receives funding from key public sector agencies to ensure the third sector is robust, resilient and delivers high quality services for the people of Fife.
We support, develop and represent community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and individuals interested in volunteering. We have almost 30 staff across Fife, operating from our offices in Glenrothes, Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We provide a wide range of support to third sector organisations and have expertise in a range of skills and topics including governance, funding, legislation, policy, volunteering, managing people, planning, problem solving and employability.
If you are interested in finding out about volunteering in your area, developing opportunities, setting up or expanding a project or service as a charity then get in touch. Our support is free and we are happy to help.
Forestry Commission Scotland
We run a range of different forms of apprenticeship in Scotland, to encourage the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce for the future.
We currently employ 19 apprentices in various forest districts across Scotland working toward a two-year level 3 Trees & Timber Modern Apprenticeship in either harvesting or forest establishment. Apprentices undergo a mixture of formal training, practical work experience, informal on-the-job training as well as studying toward their SVQ qualification. The Modern Apprenticeship programme is open to all, however, we suggest that candidates have a good standard of English and Maths (‘O’ level or Standard Grade equivalent) in order to cope with some of the SVQ course work. In addition we expect apprentices to be able to drive within six months of joining the scheme.
For more information and vacancies type Forestry Commission Scotland modern apprentices into your search engine.
Opportunities Fife is a partnership that connects learning, skills and jobs. We aim to work with employers and workless people to support them into work. We deliver one to one support and group work activities to encourage development and future career potential, removing any related barriers to gaining and sustaining employment.
Opportunities Fife sets out to help more people into work, particularly focusing on the youth agenda for the 16-24 year age group. With there being a rural skills shortage, our aim is to increase the number of land based opportunities, where we can offer the following support to address this:
- Help for employers in hiring new staff
- Help with CV’s and applications
- A range of courses and bespoke training opportunities
- In-employment support from professional staff
- Work placements
- Apprenticeships & youth training
- Workforce development
For more information and for current job/training vacancies visit www.opportunitiesfife.org
Rural Skills Scotland
Rural Skills Scotland is dedicated to providing a series of new vocational training opportunities within the rural skills sector in Fife and beyond that satisfy the requirements of both employers and trainees. We are developing a multi-employer apprenticeship model which will be piloted over a number of control sites with our rural sector partners.
Our team brings together decades of experience in the further and higher education sector, private sector, working directly with land managers, local authorities, Scottish Government and a whole range of local and national partners.